Round 1: Forte immediately takes the center of the Octagon, but they’re a little slow to engage. Forte finally comes forward, but Moraes takes him down. Forte regains his feet, but Moraes maintains his body lock and presses Forte to the fence. He slips down to a single-leg attempt, but can’t get it and they separate. Moraes shoots again and trips Forte to the mat, but again they’re right back to their feet. This time, however, Moraes pulls Forte back to the mat. He goes for Forte’ back, but Forte slips out and regains his feet, Moraes still on the mat on his back with two minutes left in the round. Forte kicks his legs for a bit, but then allows Moraes back to this feet. Moraes lands a punch combination, but Forte answers with a high kick. It’s blocked by Moraes, but clearly gets his attention. The round winds down without much more action. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Moraes.
Round 2: They have a brief punch exchange before Moraes lands a kick to the body. Moraes comes ith the elbow, but misses and Forte counters with a solid right hand. Forte fakes a shot, but Moraes immediately counters with a shot of his own and scores a double-leg takedown and presses Forte to the fence. Forte quickly gets back to his feet and they separate. Moraes shoots a couple more times, but Forte easily fends them off. Forte gets inside and lands a couple good punches, but he’s having a difficult time bidging Moraes’s reach advantage. Moraes body locks Forte and presses him to the fence, but they’re separated after stalling out. Forte gets inside and lands an uppercut and follows with a left hook then rushes Moraes to the mat. He stands, leaving Moraes on his back until the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Forte.
Round 3: This is a close fight, but neither fighter is showing a lot of urgency to start off the final round. Forte finally lands a leg kick, but eats a counter right from Moraes. Moreas lands a couple punches, but Moraes counters with a takedown and gets his back, both hooks in. Forte stands, but Moraes remains on his back, working for a rear naked choke. Moraes is swimming his arms around Forte’ neck and alternately softening him up with punches, switching to a body triangle. Forte finally falls to the mat and Moraes sinks in the choke for the finish.
Sergio Moraes def. Renee Forte by Submisson (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:10, R3